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How to move to Germany with pets

If you are planning on moving from the UK to another European country with your pet for the first time, you may wonder where to start. Some steps need to be taken to make the removal with your pet straightforward and hassle-free.

Among the main arrangements, we can indicate making official health certificates for your pet, choosing the right airline, understanding the German rules and regulations regarding transporting pets, and choosing the most convenient and safe kennel for your fur child.

But do not worry, in this article we will guide you on how to move to Germany with pets. We are mainly focusing on dogs as they are the most common pets that are taken along.

Tips on moving to Germany with dogs

  1. Prepare for travelling with a pet

    If you are about to travel abroad with your pet, remember it should have:

    • up-to-date vaccination records against rabies (you must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling),
    • up-to-date veterinary health certificates, (clinical examination, deworming, deticking) taking into account the regulations of the country of departure, the country of destination, and any transit airports,
    • special passport (issued by a vet) with a description of colour, race, and sex of the animal together with a microchip number or tattoo,
    • microchip implant,
    • suitable container

    When travelling with your pooch, cat, or ferret, you must take into consideration the regulations that might be different for certain countries. Understanding both the international and German transportation rules and regulations is the essential step. Next, you should visit the accredited veterinarian where you can receive a pet passport (the passport stays valid as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements) and other certificates necessary for exporting your furry friend. Moreover, your transport company may need a statement from your vet confirming that your pet is fit enough to travel a long distance. Any carelessness in this step can result in the cancellation of your air ticket, so make sure you have it under control.

  2. Taking the pet onboard

    You do not have to drop a bundle to make air travel with your pet possible. Nevertheless, good organizational skills are essential, as you need to make some arrangements even before you buy a ticket for yourself.
    First, do your research and find out which airlines accept pets in the cabin or in the cargo hold.
    When you will find one, please remember, that for your and other passengers’ comfort the airlines can only take a limited number of pets in the cabin, so making a phone reservation for your pet is obligatory. The airlines usually advise you to do so at the latest within 24 hours after you have booked your ticket, but at least 24 hours before departure.
    Usually, there are three travel options for animals:

    • in the cabin,
    • in the baggage hold,
    • in the baggage hold as cargo.

    Bear in mind that the travel option depends on the weight and size of your pet as well as the regulations of the country of delivery. It is also worth mentioning, that the airlines may reserve the right to refuse carriage of the pet in case of reaching the limit of the number of pets carried on a given flight – both in the cabin and as cargo.

  3. Choose a suitable container

    Once you have selected the right airline, the next step is to think about the portable kennel. They are a great way to safely travel with your pooch, whether in the air or on the road. You should go through the requirements of the airline for the crate size, but it is also important to spend considerable time finding the best temporary home possible. With so many varieties, it might be difficult to decide which kennel to buy.
    The type of crate to buy will depend mostly on the type of travel you intend to do, with some additional considerations for your dog’s size.

    • Hard-sided Carriers:
      This kind of kennel is associated with travel craters by most people. These are traditional plastic, hard carriers that provide great protection for your dog, especially if it is about to travel in the cargo hold of an airplane. It is especially suitable for large dogs, but the owners of smaller dogs will definitely appreciate its durability and protective function.
    • Soft-Sided Carriers:
      This sort of carrier has become more popular in recent years, especially amongst owners of small and medium-sized dogs. It is particularly lightweight and easy to take along. Moreover, a soft-sided kennel can be stored under an airline seat. However, this kind of kennel is not good for large and heavy dogs, or for nervous travellers who may attempt to chew through mesh panelling.
    • Wheeled Carriers:
      Both hard and soft carriers can come with wheels. These are great options for heavy dogs, older dogs who shouldn’t be jostled too much, or owners who find it difficult to carry their dog for an extended period.
    • Reinforced Crates: Reinforced crates are a special type of hard-sided carrier made from metal or reinforced synthetic materials. These types of carriers are designed for certain breeds that may be able to chew through a standard hard-sided carrier.
      Many airlines have restrictions on what breeds of dogs they will transport or the conditions upon which they will transport them. For breeds designated by the airline as “dangerous,” they may require you to use one of these special crates that have an IATA CR82 certification.
    • Wearable Carriers:
      Wearable dog carriers are similar to baby carriers, and they are becoming increasingly popular among owners with small dogs. They’re great when walking through airports, but be aware that most airlines still require your dogs to be stowed under the seat during the flight, which isn’t possible with a wearable carrier.
  4. Check Whether Your Pet Is Carry-on or Cargo Baggage?

    Obviously, your pet would not tell you its preferred option.
    Undeniably, cargo is the more dangerous option for pet travel. The safest way for any animal to fly is in the cabin as carry-on luggage, provided that’s an option.
    Here you should keep in mind that if you want to take your dog as checked Baggage. It will be on a first-come and first-serve basis. It obviously works for only one or two pets that are small enough to fit beneath the seat such as a cat, a rabbit, or a small dog. Hence, if you have a family of three to five or even more pets, you should book all your pets in Cargo.

Wrapping Up

You may face some challenges while moving your pet from the UK or any other European country to Germany, so bring a dose of patience with you.
Don’t panic if things don’t go as planned. By focusing on the above-mentioned tips you can ensure a safe and relaxing journey for both you and your beloved pet.

 


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Every year thousands of Brits decide to escape the rainy UK climate and relocate to sunny Spain. However, the Brexit vote left many people uncertain about this choice. Many people are wondering if spending time in Spain, whether on holiday or in retirement is still possible, let alone moving or starting a business in Spain.

Nevertheless, Brits (and other people from countries outside of the EU) can apply for permission to reside in Spain, provided that they comply with the Spanish immigration rules. In this article, we will explain what may be necessary in order to move to Spain and how British citizens can obtain residency status after Brexit.

Post-Brexit removals to Spain

For those of you who have been already living in Spain for at least five years, the procedure is quite simple and straightforward. All you need to do is apply for a “permiso de residencia de larga duración”, which is the Spanish equivalent of residency permission.

However, if you have not been living in Spain for a duration of five years, you will likely need to apply for a visa to stay in the country, until you are able to meet the condition. In order to apply for a visa, you need to send your application to the Spanish Consular Office within 3 months of your arrival in Spain, regardless of the intention of your stay.

Please note that the application process may take quite a long time and it requires a few documents. Hence, it is significant to make sure you have everything you need to finalize your application. Firstly, the consular staff will consider your application, and then it will be sent to the Spanish government office nearest to the region you intend to live in.

If you successfully go through the application process, you will need to visit the consulate in order to collect the visa. Should your application include the right to work, you will then be advised to fill in some additional forms.

If you wish to move to Spain, you will need to fulfil several conditions. They include:

  • Having no criminal record,
  • Being registered as a resident in Spain,
  • Having a Spanish driving license,
  • Being registered for healthcare as a resident in Spain,
  • Proving that you can support yourself and your family (having a permanent job),
  • Having an income of at least €700 per month,
  • Proving that you have not been ejected from Spain before,
  • Two copies of an EX18 application form,
  • Original and copy of your passport,
  • One passport photo,
  • Certificate of registration (Certificado de Empadronamiento),
  • An N.I.E number (it applies if you own property in Spain or live in Spain as a resident)

As soon as your application is authorized, you can expect your visa to be ready within a month. In order for your visa to remain official, you need to arrive in Spain within three months of your application.

Moving to Spain for work

Those of you who intend to work in Spain, whether as employees or as self-employed workers, will need to suit certain requirements. Among the prerequisites that are mutual for both salaried and self-employed workers are:

  • Application for “permiso de residencia no lucrative” (non-profit visa),
  • Proof that you have a permanent income and can afford to live in Spain.

Moreover, the salaried workers will need to provide a contract of employment or other proof of employment status. Usually, as soon as you are employed by a company in Spain, the application to stay in Spain is handled by the employer.

On the other hand, if you declare yourself “self-employed” the additional documents that might be required include:

  • Proof that the commercial activity you are undertaking comply with Spanish rules,
  • Proof that you have appropriate qualifications and adequate capitals to invest in your project to make it feasible,
  • Details of the number of employees (if any),
  • Business Plan,
  • Proof that you are healthy

If you are a non-worker, in addition to an application for residence, you will need to provide your full name and account number to demonstrate that a minimum balance has been maintained across the last year.

Moving to Spain as a Pensioner

The number of old age pensioners deciding to spend their autumn years in Spain is growing year by year. It does not have to change due to the Brexit situation. However, in order to go through the application process successfully, you need to meet certain conditions. They include:

  • Proof that you are healthy and that you do not pose any risk to the public (Covid-19, smallpox, etc.),
  • Proof that your monthly income amounts to €2130 and an extra €532 for each dependant,
  • Proof that you will be able to maintain this income for one year,
  • S1 form (previously E121),
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Moving to Spain as a Student

Students who want to move to Spain will need to provide:

  • Proof of your registration in an educational establishment,
  • A formal declaration that you have enough funds to support yourself during your stay,
  • Public/private health cover

Moving to Spain after Brexit

If you are willing to move to Spain, we would be more than happy to help you! Our state-of-the-art vans travel to Spain on a daily basis, so we are able to handle both full relocations and part-loads. Use the form on our website to receive the Instant Removal Quote and contact our Customer Service Specialist to find out more.

 

 


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The United Kingdom attracts ex-pats from across the globe looking for new beginnings, work and education. Here at MyCheapRemovals helping to move from the whole of Europe to the UK. Its capital, London – most popular destination, is a truly global city with a wide array of opportunities for ex-pats looking for work, particularly in the financial services sector. In fact, according to the World Population Review, the London population could reach 9.8 million by 2025. It is an exciting, vibrant, and diverse city with a strong economy, so no wonder it is such an appealing destination. However, moving to such an enormous agglomeration can be both exciting and overwhelming. In order to alleviate some of your worries and give you peace of mind, we decided to bring up some of the most important issues related to relocation to London. At the bottom of the article, we also provide the exemplary costs of moving. As you will see, the shipping costs may really be cost-effective.


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Norway is one of the most desirable destinations as far as Scandinavian countries are concerned. It fascinates by its breathtaking landscapes, colourful wooden houses and fishing opportunities. Moreover, according to United Nations data for 2016, Norway together with Luxembourg (a small state) and Switzerland are the only three countries in the world with a GDP per capita above US$70,000. High standard of living indisputably attracts migrants from other European countries. If you decided on living in Norway, our removal team prepared some quotations for removals from London to different cities in Norway.


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Surprisingly, there is a huge community in Newcastle that dreams of packing their belongings and moving to Spain. As we always bend over backwards to meet our customers’ needs, hence, we prepared removal quotes for home removals from Newcastle to most common moving destinations in Spain.

With our years of experience in international removals, we prepared a variety of volume options to choose from. We offer both small and big door to door removal options: from the 5 cubic metres, through the full van option (15 cubic metres in the Luton Van) to full trucks. The last can contain up to 30 cubic metres of goods, which forms the perfect option for those who decided to move house. Moreover, among other removal companies, we offer European removals to Spain for very competitive prices.


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International removals have never been so easy, as they are nowadays. If you decided to move from the UK to Portugal, you have probably searched through the Internet for the best, and probably the cheapest removal company.
MyCheapRemovals is known for its low-budget international removals to other European countries. What prices can you expect when you move from London to different cities in Portugal? It all depends on the volume you require, and the actual distance between the collection and delivery addresses. Nevertheless, some things remain the same – we offer professional and friendly Customer Service, experienced and helpful drivers, and final satisfaction from our services.


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Moving to Madrid – the cost of living in compare to London

The decision on moving to another country always entails lots of questions: How does living in a foreign country look? What are the real costs of living there? Are cultural differences distinctive?

If you already pinpointed that Madrid will be your new home, we prepared a comparison between Madrid and London. 

We will compare the essential aspects of life in these two cities, such as the cost of food in restaurants and supermarkets, transportation, utilities, sports and leisure, clothes and shoes and housing. 

We hope you will find it useful.


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As we helping with your relocation across the whole of Europe we also gathered some useful information for you to read before you decide to change your surroundings and become an expat in Finland.

In this post, you will learn some information about the days-off, both for you and your children. Moreover, you will get some useful information about the housing and registration of your vehicle. Also, we prepared some information about the cheapest supermarkets, to minimize the expenses in this hectic time.


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Instant removal quote

MyCheapRemovals, as not many of removal services provider, can send you an instant removal quote. Here last few for a guide:

From:To:5m310m315m3
Gdańsk, Poland Kirkcaldy, UK£1139£1439£2039
Germany United Kingdom£989£1259£1699
London, UK Berlin, Germany£909£1129£1519
Brighton, Vereinigtes Königreich Nennig, Perl, Deutschland£799£979£1259
Reading, UK Innsbruck, Austria£889£1059£1409
Gateshead, UK Bonn, Germany£889£1099£1469
Frankfurt, Germany Colchester, Essex, UK£839£1039£1329

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